UAE to start producing Covid vaccine

UAE to start producing Covid vaccine

Sarah Peddie

The United Arab Emirates is the first Arab country in the world to start creating a Covid-19 vaccine with a production schedule already underway.

It was announced last week during the launch of a new purpose built research and development hub for biotechnology and vaccine production.  

The Hayat-Vax is a collaboration between Sinopharm and Abu Dhabi’s G42. Sinopharm already distributes their vaccine to residents in the UAE and over 100 million doses of the vaccine around the world so far.

Peng Xiao, CEO of G42 said: “The launch of the vaccine manufacturing capabilities in the UAE is a momentous step in the fight against COVID-19.

“We are grateful to the shared vision of the UAE and China, their true partnership and collaboration to make this a reality. This initiative in the UAE is a strategic advancement to future proof the population health of our nations. Our joint venture is also actively looking to bring our capabilities to new markets around the world.”

The new vaccine plant in Abu Dhabi aims to produce around 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine each year. 

Around two million doses of the Hayat-Vax will be produced each month in a plant owned by a pharmaceutical company Julphar in Ras Al Khaimah for now until the new plant is fully operational.

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The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has confirmed that over eight million people throughout the country have been vaccinated. 

The UAE has approved four Covid-19 vaccines for use - Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford AstraZeneca and Sputnik V.

This comes after the UAE’s health ministry urged residents who are eligible for the vaccine to start booking appointments as the six-week period given to people most at risk ended. 

Everyone over the age of 16 can now get their coronavirus vaccination at any of the 205 locations around the country.

People choosing to be vaccinated must book their appointment where residents who are vulnerable and at risk will continue to be received by centres without booking. 

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